WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — The Lakewood Police Department(LPD)is investigating an officer-involved shooting of a suspect in an armed bank robbery early Sunday morning in Wheat Ridge, according to a press release.
A spokesperson for LPD identified the suspect as Thomas Charles Snyder II, 52, who was suspected in a bank robbery Saturday in Longmont.
About 1 a.m. Sunday, the West Metro SWAT Team, which consists of members of the Lakewood and Wheat Ridge police departments, was called to the American Motel near Interstate 70 and Kipling Parkway.
Police had received information that Snyder was staying at the motel, according to Lakewood police.
The SWAT team attempted to talk the suspect out of his room for about two hours, but he refused to come out.
At about 3 a.m., the SWAT team entered the room. The suspect was armed with a handgun and refused multiple commands to drop the weapon, according to the release.
Two members of the SWAT team, who were both Lakewood police agents, shot the suspect, the release said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two Lakewood agents who shot the suspect will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which will be conducted by the Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team.
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